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Willy N. Heggoy, 1912-2001

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   Dr. Willy N. Heggoy, age 89, retired at the 1979 annual conference and died October 18, 2001.

   Dr. Heggoy was ordained as a deacon and elder under the Missionary Rule in Norway Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in 1935, then traveled to Algeria where he served as a missionary. He served for 30 years in the Kabyle Mountain Missions in Algeria. He was the founder and director of the Centre Chretian Maghrebin in Algeria between 1959-1966.

   Churches he served in the Virginia Conference included Pungoteague, Montross, Trinity in Lynchburg, and Park Avenue in Richmond. He also taught at the St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., and at the Boston University School of Theology. He served the mission field from Kabylia to Oskarshamn, Sweden, and later, on 18 mission trips to India where he founded the Jon Pioneer Mission in memory of his youngest son.

Dr. Heggoy was preceded in death by two sons, Alf Andrew Heggoy and Jon Magne Heggoy. He is survived by his wife Harriet; two sons, Kore and his wife, Pat, of Pungoteague, Va., and Peter of Monroe; a daughter, Synnove, of Statesboro, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Julie, wife of his late son, Alf; a sister, Ruth, and her husband, Dr. Per Hassing, of Asheville, N.C. In Bergen, Norway, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Synnove (Sunshine) and her husband, Dr. Henry Henne; brothers-in-law, Leif Berggreen, Borge Berggreen and wife, Torunn; and sister-in-law, Aud Berggreen Horgar; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Kore N. Heggoy



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